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Latest update : 2008-12-07

Marseille moved up to second as they beat Nice 2-1 to claim just three points behind seven-times champions Lyon who slumped to a rare 2-1 defeat at Nantes. Rennes, in third, have 30 points after drawing 1-1 at Caen.

REUTERS - Ivan Klasnic's double strike helped struggling Nantes defeat seven-times champions Olympique Lyon 2-1 in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

The leaders opened the scoring just before halftime with a close-range shot by Frederic Piquionne but Klasnic equalised on 59 minutes after keeper Hugo Lloris could only parry an effort by David de Freitas.

Klasnic then made it 2-1 a minute from time, converting a penalty after a foul by Lamine Gassama.

Lyon, who had been beaten only twice before in the league this season, were without suspended playmaker Juninho and injured top scorer Karim Benzema while others were rested ahead of the midweek Champions League match against Bayern Munich.

With 34 points from 17 games, Lyon are three points clear of Olympique Marseille who defeated Nice 2-1. Nantes are fifth from bottom.

Stade Rennes, in third, have 30 points after drawing 1-1 at Caen. Benjamin Nivet opened the scoring for the home team before Moussa Sow levelled in the 76th minute.

Girondins Bordeaux moved up to fourth on 29 points thanks to a 2-1 win over bottom club Valenciennes on Friday.

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Marseille went ahead after 14 minutes when Nice midfielder Olivier Echouafni deflected a corner into his own net.

The hosts made it 2-0 just before halftime with a penalty from Mamadou Niang.

Habib Bamogo silenced the Stade Velodrome three minutes after the restart when he fired the ball into the far corner of the net and Nice also hit the crossbar through Chaouki Ben Saasa in injury time.

Before the game chairman Pape Diouf called on the crowd not to demonstrate against the jail sentence handed to a Marseille fan by a Spanish judge.

Santos Mirasierra was sentenced to three and a half years in prison for assaulting police officers when Marseille visited Atletico Madrid in the Champions League two months ago.

"The future of the club is at stake," said Diouf. "We mustn't prove right the people who think Marseille supporters are animals.

"We'll do all we can to get Santos out of jail."
 

Date created : 2008-12-06

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